The Air Force announced a new mixed gender training facility Saturday as a potential solution to recruitment challenges facing its special warfare branch and a means of creating a cohesive team for special warfare trainees.
The 76,000 square foot mixed-sex aquatic training center is slated for completion in 2023, according to the Air Force’s press release. The $66.6 million facility will feature co-ed restrooms, locker rooms, and showers. Men and women will bunk together in open bay dormitories and utilize individual shower rooms and restrooms within locker areas.
“We continuously struggle to recruit enough people who have the potential to meet our standards in Air Force Special Warfare,” Second Air Force commander Major General Michele Edmondson said. The Special Warfare Training Wing’s commander, Col. Nathan Colunga, also emphasized the importance of an “environment of inclusion” for program members. (Read more from “Air Force Thinks Letting Men and Women Bunk With Each Other Will Boost Sagging Recruitment” HERE)
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